Mandy Aftel of Aftelier Perfumes and Nathan Branch of the Nathan Branch Blog have been hosting blog projects in which Mandy and one other perfumer work on scents and post periodic emails to each other to describe their progress and thought process as they work. Mandy did the first with Andy Tauer on a linden theme, and then she and Liz Zorn tackled galbanum paired with ylang ylang, and most recently Mandy and Dawn Spencer Hurwitz worked on classical florals.
Mandy and Nathan invited me to join in the next round, and we decided our theme would be to work with an ingredient we had never used before. I’ve chosen black and/or blue hemlock absolute (a 5% black hemlock dilution is pictured to the left). I’ve had samples of both black and blue hemlock sitting here for ages now and have been wanting to use them in a forest theme. You can head over to Nathan’s blog to read more about the scents that Mandy and I are working on. I’m excited to take part and hope a nice new scent develops from the process! 🙂